My family and I set out to pick pumpkins. I tried to make it a fun event where I might be able to get some shots. The ethics of using your kids is debatable I realize, and even more so when it means bribing them with hordes of chocolate and other sugary stuff, and getting real mad when they don't cooperate. Yet I bribed, wooed, and cajoled in between deep breathing. My youngest fell asleep on the way up and woke up as a monster. My oldest, was keen on posturing her new attitude. So it was only my middle child who sort-of gave me something with which to work.
Last night I attended the 2010 Drawn to Develop Gala, a silent auction event raising money for Street Kids International. The idea is simple and brilliant : street survivors draw a picture of their hopes, dreams, current or past situation, each survivor is paired with a photographer who then interprets the drawing photographically. The resulting prints are auctioned off to raise funds for SKI.
The mission is to "Engage street youth in a creative exercise that gives their courageous lives a voice, and to Inspire guests and Canada’s creative community at large to become agents of social change".
My favorite aspect was reading the words of the D2D street survivors that accompanied their drawings. I loved hearing their hope and was moved by the overwhelming sense of dedication and and commitment to making life better for themselves and everyone.
Looking at how each participating photographer interpreted the drawing was the highlight for me. oh.. and the wine, and the wine... That too.
This is the virgin post to my brand new blog. I have decided to brand myself a "virgin" not because I want to attract adult content, but because I am entering into the photography industry anew after a 6 year hiatus. I have to qualify the "virgin" with my age: 43 to impress upon you that I am not a virgin of life. I am fresh, but not a self-impressed 25 year old with leather pants and a nose ring (not that there is anything wrong with that). Nor am I really a virgin of the industry. I was deeply immersed in the industry six years ago as studio manager and producer for Dixonfilm.
But then I got an offer I could not refuse: to be the head producer in the merger between the Buchman- Hudspiths! I now have three children ages 6, 5, and 3 (I like to keep them close), a lot of laundry, dishes, dog hair on my clothes, and few more wrinkles. I know that I could have kept a toe in the waters (I did to an extent: stephanibuchmanphotography.com ) while raising my family as some people do so well. But knowing myself, I realized that part time dedication was not an option for either a photo career or raising young children.
So now, as my third enters full time school, I am ready to begin again. I come back to the industry with a little more wisdom, a strong ability to delegate (someone has to tell them what to do!) and a real desire to continue creating both commercial, and fine art photography.
I look forward to sharing my future adventures in my 2010 virgin campaign.